Alcohol Policy

Project Manager

Dave Chappell


In its first semester of operation the Student Government received feedback from a number of students expressing frustration at the inability to drink alcohol freely on campus. Since the move to the new campus the stand from the administration has been relaxed somewhat but some students still regard it as too strict. The Student Government acknowledges the desire to consume alcohol freely on campus and the benefits of having a safe environment in which to do so. However, the government does not wish to create an environment of binge drinking on campus. As such, the government is still currently looking into the issue.



Current Policy

The College expects that students observe healthy, safe, and socially responsible behaviour if students choose to consume alcohol. The legal drinking age in Singapore is 18 years of age. However, alcohol may not be sold or consumed on campus unless otherwise approved, such as in approved food outlets on campus or during approved events and programs. Those seeking to host an event with alcohol present must contact the Dean of Students office to apply for event approval and learn more about the required guidelines and procedures for such events. Additionally, any event with alcohol present within a Residential College must be approved by that Residential College’s Rector. In compliance with Singapore Law, Yale-NUS College prohibits the sale or consumption of alcohol to individuals below 18 years of age and takes the matter of underage drinking seriously.

Relevant Reports

Current Polling Data

How satisfied are you with Yale-NUS’s alcohol policy?

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Past Polling Data

Should Yale-NUS be classified as a dry campus?

Student Government Motion

We will revise the Dry Campus policy to create a partially wet system.

WET (64%)
DRY (15%)
DON’T CARE (21%)
YES (100%)
NO (0%)

Total Number of Votes


Members Present

Feedback Received

“I was thinking about the idea of being a dry campus vs. a wet campus, and one aspect that people may not be thinking about is this:

The biggest problem with a dry campus is that *students don’t feel comfortable getting medical attention* if they drink too much alcohol, which *can* happen on any campus, because they face sanction for violating the rules of a dry campus. This is potentially dangerous.

No matter what we decide to be, we should have a “medical attention with no-questions-asked by the university” policy, which is clear and unequivocal, so that people feel comfortable seeking care that they need.

This already exists at tons of universities (though is uncommon on dry campuses… again the problem with prohibition). “

“What is the student government’s view is on Yale-NUS as a dry campus and can they take any steps toward revoking YNC’s status as a “dry campus”?